Have Facebook accidentally gone a bit ChatRoulette?

Facebook Chat Roulette
20 May 2016

Facebook are really getting into live videos. You may have had a notification about a news channel or from a band you like, that they're doing a live video you can watch.

Well, they are going for it, big time, as they have started to usher out the live video streaming feature to everyone, which enables Facebook users to "share your experiences and perspectives in real time, with the people who matter to you".

You can do it on desktop, or your Android smartphone through the official app, and all that stuff.

They've even added a "Live Video" tab, for ease of access. You hit the tab, and you're taken to a world map, where you can click on people's streams and join them in whatever they're doing.

It all sounds a bit Chat Roulette to us, which means at some point, you're going to see someone shaking their undercarriage at you, whether you like it or not.

You can have a look at the feature, by going to www.facebook.com/livemap/.

We just had a go, and watched a load of pensioners dancing in a school playground in Brazil. We then watched a man called Henning in Denmark stare at his computer screen while he listened to Justin Bieber.

It's fascinating stuff, and no mistake.

And you could be the star of your own puzzling video, if you decide to use this feature, provided you choose to share your live streams publicly.

While it is a little hit-and-miss at the moment, it could turn into a really fun feature once people get a bit more imaginative with the technology that's on offer.

Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg , thinks this is going to be an internet hit: "Live is like having a TV camera in your pocket. Anyone with a phone now has the power to broadcast to anyone in the world."

A man has already streamed his wife giving birth to the world in a public video, by accident, so you just know there's going to be more slip-ups than that in the coming weeks!

TOPICS:   Technology   Social Media

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